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Value 10 Weight 0.2
Alchemy Effects
1st Damage Health Damage Health (12.6×Value)
2nd Damage Stamina Damage Stamina
3rd Invisibility Invisibility
4th Resist Magic Resist Magic
# Samples 22
Plant Nirnroot
# Plants 161
Merchant Avail. Rare
A Nirnroot plant

Nirnroot is a bright green plant normally found growing near water. Nirnroot plants glow, making them easier to locate at night, and also emit a unique chiming sound. While in-game text claims that Nirnroot does not regrow, it actually does regrow normally like other plants (unlike its behavior in Oblivion). A related plant is Crimson Nirnroot, which has nearly identical alchemical properties, with only certain differences in the Damage Health and Damage Stamina effects. Nirnroot and Crimson Nirnroot can be combined to make a four-effect potion, as shown below.

Damage Health poisons made using Nirnroot have the same strength as those made using standard Damage Health ingredients. However, the gold value of such poisons is 12.6 times greater than those made using standard ingredients. See the effect page for details.


In terms of combinations of two ingredients, Nirnroot can be combined with 63 other ingredients.

4 EffectsEdit

Desired Effect Combine with:
  Damage Health   Damage Stamina   Invisibility   Resist Magic Crimson Nirnroot (3.0× ) (3.0× )

2 EffectsEdit

Desired Effect Combine with:
  Damage Health   Invisibility Redwort FlowerCC (1.5× ,1.56× ) (1.5× ,1.56× )
  Damage Health   Resist Magic Void Salts
  Damage Stamina   Invisibility Ash Creep ClusterDB
  Damage Health   Damage Stamina Jarrin Root (100× )

1 EffectEdit

Desired Effect Combine with:
  Damage Health ChokeberryCC (1.5× ,1.56× ), Coda FlowerCC (1.5× ,1.56× ), Deathbell (1.5× ), Ectoplasm, Emperor Parasol MossDB, Falmer Ear, Fire PetalCC (1.5× ,1.56× ), Gnarl BarkCC 1.5× ,1.56× , Human Flesh, Human Heart, Imp GallCC (1.5× ,1.56× ), Imp Stool, Mort FleshCC, Nightshade, Poison BloomDG (1.5× ), Red Mountain Flower, River Betty (2.5× ), Scalon FinCC (1.5× ,1.56× ), Skeever Tail, Small Antlers, Troll Fat, Wisp Stalk CapsCC (1.5× ,1.56× )
  Damage Stamina Ancestor Moth WingDG, Blisterwort, Blue Butterfly Wing, Bog BeaconCC (1.33× ,1.36× ), Bone Meal, Canis Root, Chaurus Hunter AntennaeDG, ComberryCC (1.33× ,1.36× ), Cyrodilic Spadetail, Giant's Toe, MarshmerrowCC (1.33× ,1.36× ), Rock Warbler Egg, Spider Egg
  Invisibility Bittergreen PetalsCC (1.5× ,1.56× ), Blister Pod CapCC (1.5× ,1.56× ), Chaurus Eggs, Daedra SilkCC (1.5× ,1.56× ), Elytra IchorCC (1.5× ,1.56× ), Flame StalkCC (1.5× ,1.56× ), Green Butterfly WingCC, Ice Wraith Teeth, Luna Moth Wing, Screaming MawCC (4× ,4.6× ), Vampire Dust
  Resist Magic Aster Bloom CoreCC (1.2× ,1.22× ), Bleeding Crown, Bungler's BaneCC (1.2× ,1.22× ), Chicken's Egg, Felsaad Tern FeathersDB, GleamblossomDG, Hagraven Claw, Hawk's EggHF, Hypha FaciaCC (1.2× ,1.22× ), Lavender, Tundra Cotton, Wisp Wrappings


22 guaranteed samples can be found in 19 different locations. Locations with multiple samples are:

It is categorized as a rare ingredient, meaning that most apothecary merchants have a 21% chance of carrying 1-4 samples. In addition, it may be randomly found only in rare-type apothecary's satchels. Other possible locations for already-harvested samples include:


Map of all Nirnroot plants in Skyrim's overworld

166 Nirnroot plants can be found in 85 different locations. Locations with the greatest numbers are:

Related QuestsEdit


  • Nirnroot can be sold to Avrusa Sarethi at Sarethi Farm for the quest Gather Wheat.
  • Nirnroot and Crimson Nirnroot are not affected by the Alchemy perk Green Thumb; therefore, even with the perk, you will still only collect a single sample from each plant. However, with the Dragonborn add-on installed, several regular Nirnroot plants can be found in Solstheim which yield multiple samples of the ingredient.
  • Although Gianna claims during the quest To Kill an Empire that Nirnroot can be added to soups as "a special seasoning", you cannot do this yourself when cooking.


  • An otherwise typical Nirnroot plant within a hollow log on a small island east-southeast of the Wreck of The Pride of Tel Vos and due west of Winterhold cannot be harvested.
  • At times, the glow emitted by a Nirnroot may not disappear.
  • Sometimes Nirnroot becomes unharvestable; even though the sound of being picked will play, it will not be added to your inventory, nor will the plant disappear. ?
    • Saving and then reloading the game may make the plant harvestable again.